Business owners rely on faith to keep their stores safe after string of robberies

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POSTED: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 5:17pm

Police are still on the lookout for the man responsible who they say stole from two businesses right across the street from each other.

The two robberies happened only hours apart Wednesday. The first happened at Sugar Belle bakery around eleven in the morning and the second across the street at the Real Deal clothing store around seven.

Business owners tell me they hope this never happens again and they're just praying this suspect is held accountable for his actions.

“I have been in this location for 32 years,” said the owner of Sam’s Men’s Fashion’s on Plank Rd. “I’ve never been robbed all.”

Sam’s Men’s Fashion is right next to the Real Deal which is the store robbed Wednesday night and across the street from Sugar Belle, the bakery robbed only a few hours before.

Police say, “A little of both undisclosed cash and merchandise was taken.”

"I am shocked that it happened, it shouldn't happen."

Sam says it's not just his security systems that keep his business safe and afloat.

“At the same time I treat the people right, I respect them, I love them and deal with them right,” Sam told us. “I am honest with them and my protection is the lord, that's all I can tell.”

Faith is something the owner of the Real Deal tells me he believes kept him safe the past two decades on Plank rd. as well.

Police just urge business owners to be aware and even deny service if necessary.

“Look out for your neighbor and if you see something suspicious or if you see something outside lock your doors maybe before they enter," said Cpl. Don Coppola from BRPD.

But Sam still believes Wednesday’s crimes, although unfortunate, are something that shouldn't change the way people view his area.

“It could happen at the Mall of Louisiana, it could happen any where not just here,” explained Sam. “Not just because this is North Baton Rouge, it could happen at any place in town."

So keeping a watchful eye and keeping faith are all businesses can continue to do as police search for the person who's responsible for taking what wasn't theirs.

Police say the suspect that stole from the Real Deal was a dark skinned, thin, black male in his mid twenties wearing a grey baseball hat. He was seen driving away in a dark colored SUV.

We're told the suspect of the Sugar Belle was a slim, short, young black man with a twist in his hair and he was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans and a baseball cap.

Call police if you know anything about these robberies.


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